Category Archives: Travel

My Encounter With Rissho Kosei Kai

Hello, Lately, I’ve had a bit of free time while my wife and kids are in Japan (not much, but a little), so I have been visiting a couple of Buddhist temples, including a Korean-Zen temple I had visited before. … Continue reading

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Stay Cool Everyone!

Hello, July 15th, at least in Japanese culture, is considered the hottest day of the year. A lot of people will probably be eating unagi eels today, I bet. Even in Seattle, it’s been unusually warm lately: the days reach … Continue reading

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Makuya: A Japanese-Christian Church

Hello, Recently I had an opportunity to attend a religious service with a little-known but interesting group of Japanese-Christians called Makuya or kirisuto no makuya (キリストの幕屋). The word “makuya” (幕屋) is the Japanese word for Tabernacle, which is the name … Continue reading

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Japanese Food in America

Recently, I spent a week in sunny Phoenix, AZ again for work training and some research for my company.1 The weather was 105°F (43°C) so it was extremely hot, but I still enjoy going to Phoenix anyway. Of the places … Continue reading

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We Need Each Other

Recently I finished another issue of the famous Japanese manga 宇宙兄弟 (Space Brothers), issue 15. In this issue, one of the main characters, Namba Hibito (なんば日々人) is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident on the Moon. This … Continue reading

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The Story of the Harlem Hellfighters, Part Three

In our last post, we talked about the Harlem Hellfighters and the terrible combat they faced in France during World War One. On November 11th, 1918 at 11:00 pm, the Armistice between the Allies (UK, US, France and Belgium) and … Continue reading

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The Story of the Harlem Hellfighters, Part Two

In our first part, we talked about the background of World War One and the Jim Crow Laws that kept Black Americans from having opportunities in the military (among other things). In this post we talk about the training and … Continue reading

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The Story of the Harlem Hellfighters, Part One

(Eight men of the 396th Regiment in World War I decorated with the Croix de Guerre) Recently, I read an excellent book called A More Unbending War about the lives of the Harlem Hellfighters during World War One (第一次世界大戦, daiichiji … Continue reading

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Children’s Day 2014, Little Guy’s First

Hello, May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan, or kodomo no hi (子供の日). Originally, it was a holiday for boys (still is somewhat), but nowadays kids in general enjoy Children’s Day. Many kids like to hang koinobori (wind streamers shaped … Continue reading

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Going To Japan, Gangnam Style

Hi Everyone, As a small announcement, my family and I are going back to Japan this year in July/August. We try to go to Japan yearly, so my wife and children can stay connected with their family, and have done … Continue reading

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